Nominations for acts of courage and kindness will be accepted in a number of categories as the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross readies for its annual Heroes Breakfast in April, where the men and women who have made the heroic efforts will be recognized.
Criteria for the nominee are: The nominee must have saved a life by intervening in a life-threatening situation or given the victim aid to survive; the nominee cannot have caused or contributed to the incident; and the nominee must live, work or have performed the heroic act in San Joaquin County.
The nominees can be friends, family members, public safety officers or members of the military. They can be professionally trained or just Good Samaritans.
The categories are:
Law Enforcement: A law enforcement officer or 911 dispatcher who responded to an incident or performed an extraordinary act of kindness or courage. The incident does not have to associated with the job and may have occurred on or off duty.
Firefighter: A professional firefighter who responded to an incident or performed an extraordinary act of kindness or courage. The incident may or may not be related to fire fighting or CPR, and may have occurred on or off duty.
Medical: A medical professional, organization or ordinary citizen who performs a life-saving action above and beyond the call of duty.
Youth Samaritan: A person younger than 21 who is associated with a rescue or act of extraordinary kindness that made a difference in the community in a time of need.
Workplace Safety: The nominee is part of a business or company that is associated with a rescue or act of extraordinary kindness that made a difference during a time of need.
Animal: A human or animal nominee who was involved in an event in which a person saved the animal or the animal saved the person.
Military: A member of the armed forces — active or retired, officer or enlisted — who performed lifesaving actions that went above and beyond the call of duty.
Good Neighbor: A person older than 21 who is associated with a rescue or act of extraordinary kindness within San Joaquin County. It can be any event that made a difference in the community through kindness, courage and unselfishness in a time of need.
Educator: A nominee who is associated with a school in San Joaquin County. It can be any event that had great impact on a student.
Good Samaritan: An ordinary person older than 21 who saved someone’s life.
Winners will be honored at the 2011 Heroes Breakfast on April 6 in Lodi. Nomination forms are available at the Tracy Fire Department administration office, 835 Central Ave. The form is also online at www.redcrosscrc.org.
The Red Cross is also taking entries in a Who Is Your Hero? essay contest as part of the breakfast. Two essays, one representing students in kindergarten through sixth grade and other for grades seven through 12 will be read at the breakfast, with the author and guest invited to attend.
Entries must be 150 words or less, typed or handwritten legibly. Entries can be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Who is your hero?” Letters can be sent by mail to the American red Cross, attention of the Heroes Nomination Committee, 2453 Grand Canal Blvd., Stockton California 95207, or faxed to 466-4910.